Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island (Nintendo Game Boy Advance, 2002)
|Released in 2002 as part of the Super Mario Advance series, 'Yoshi's Island' for the Game Boy Advance 3 is the prequel to 'Super Mario World'. The game features Yoshi, a green dinosaur, as the protector and defender of baby twins, Luigi and Mario, separated by the evil Kamek. Travel through 54 levels and 6 new exclusive Game Boy Advance 'secret levels', traversing 6 worlds defined by grassy plains, mountain regions, steamy jungles, sunset stretches, icy scenes, and Bowser's Kingdom of barren landscapes. Navigate almost invincible enemies, defeat bosses in forts and castles, and track the baby Mario bubble while fighting to reunite the young Mario babies.
Reviewing the Game Boy Advance release in 2002, Craig Harris of IGN wrote that Yoshi's Island was both the console's best platformer as well as "the best damn platformer ever developed". While acknowledging the game's roots in the Super Mario series, he said the game created enough gameplay ideas to constitute its own franchise. IGN's Lucas M. Thomas wrote that the game's story was also interesting as the origin story for the Mario brothers. Harris felt that the FX2 sprite-changing effects gave the game "life" and that the Game Boy Advance cartridge could handle the effects just as well. He added that Yoshi's morphing abilities and sound effects were designed well. Levi Buchanan of IGN said the game struck the right balance of tutorial by trial and error. IGN's Harris also noted a few Game Boy Advance-specific issues: framerate drop in areas where a lot is happening onscreen, camera panning problems due to the screen's lower resolution, and a "poor" implementation of the "dizzy" special effect on the handheld release. Critics wrote that the "coloring book"-style graphics held up well. IGN's Harris felt it was the best of the Super Mario Advance games.
|Game||Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island|
|Platform||Nintendo Game Boy Advance|
|Number of Players||1 - 4|
|ESRB Rating||E - Everyone|
|Game Series||Super Mario Advance Series|
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